Queensland Centre for Excellence in Lactation Support
Breastfeeding really matters. To women, to babies, to families – and to the health professionals supporting them.
At the Queensland Centre of Excellence in Lactation Support, our clinical practice is informed by the very latest evidence, and by collaborations with university-based researchers. In recent years, the phrase ‘evidence-based’ has become a marketing tool. But we bring you genuinely evidence-based help for the whole spectrum of breastfeeding challenges that may arise. Our breastfeeding medicine physicians and lactation consultants are not only kind and caring, they are expert in assisting with complex breastfeeding problems:
- Induction of lactation
- Nipple pain
- Breast inflammation
(including mastitis, blocked ducts)
- Baby fussing at the breast
- Breast refusal and oral aversion
- High or low supply concerns
- Use of breastfeeding aids
e.g. supplemental nursing system, shields
- Breast milk pumping
- Breastfeeding and infant bodywork
- Breastfeeding infants with neurological problems, airway compromise, or genetic syndromes, in collaboration with the baby’s other doctors and health professionals
- Medications and breastfeeding
Groundbreaking research collaborations
For the past six decades, lactation research has focussed on elucidating the nature of human milk. But there has been relatively little research focussed on clinical lactation support, that is, how to get milk directly from a mother’s breast into her baby’s tummy, without maternal pain or baby fussing a lot or poor weight gain. Because of this relative lack of research, much of the advice that women receive about breastfeeding problems remains opinion based.
Dr Pamela Douglas and her teams have been working for the past twenty years at this interface of clinical lactation support and research. Dr Pam has had a life-long passion for supporting breastfeeding women, first qualifying as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. She has also developed the Neuroprotective Developmental Care programs which show, from an evolutionary perspective, how babies sleep and unsettled behaviour needs to be understood through the lens of breastfeeding. Dr Pamela Douglas and her teams’ work is groundbreaking, and continues to change practice internationally. To read her and her teams’ publications, click here.